Definition Lipase is a protein ( enzyme ) released by the pancreas into the small intestine. It helps the body absorb fat by breaking the fat down into fatty acids. This article discusses the test used to measure the amount of the lipase in the blood. How the test is performed A blood sample is needed. For information on how this is done, see: Venipuncture . How to prepare for the test Do not eat for 8 hours before the test. Your health care provider may ask you to stop taking drugs that may affect the test, such as: Bethanechol Birth control pills Cholinergic medications Codeine Indomethacin Meperidine Methacholine Morphine Thiazide diuretics How the test will feel When the needle is inserted to draw blood, some people feel moderate pain, while others feel only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may be some throbbing. Why the test is performed This test is done to check the pancreas for disease, most often acute pancreatitis . Lipase appears in the blood when the pancreas is damaged.
In December 2007, the New York Times published an article entitled "Data about Zetia risk was not fully revealed." The article claimed that Merck and Schering-Plough, the manufacturers of Zetia (aka ezetimibe), have information pertaining to the risk of liver damage when taking this cholesterol lowering medication in combination with statin drugs but that the companies have not released them to the public. The 2 companies confirm that this information exists yet justify not publishing them since they deemed them to be "not scientifically significant." To make the medical community and the public lose even more confidence in Zetia, the companies have also not released the results from a large study called ENHANCE which was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Zetia with and without Zocor (a type of statin drug) in the prevention of carotid artery thickening. Carotid artery thickening is often used as surrogate for the development of heart artery ...
If you have a heart problem you go to a cardiologist and get
it taken care of. If you have complex
diabetes , you go to an endocrinologist and get it taken care of. If you have cancer, you go to an oncologist
and get it taken care of. Where do you
go if you have pain?
You might think you
go to a "Pain Specialist." Who might
that be? Here's a short list of
possibilities: A psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist, a physiatrist, a
neurologist, a psychologist; or different individuals who practice massage,
acupuncture, or hypnosis; or interventional pain physicians, or a physician who
favors the use of medicines, or physicians who prefer not to use pain medicines . This is the short list of
If you are like many,
perhaps most, people living with chronic pain , you have tried the whole list
and then some---and this journey may have taken years. Each stop along the way typically there is
hope; there are tests and trea...
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